I’m intrigued to see how Ryan Garcia looks when he faces Olympic gold medalist and multiple-time world title challenger Luke Campbell in December.
The fight will happen on January 2. Garcia and Campbell were initially penciled in for December 5, only for the Brit to pull out due to a positive test for… yeah, you got it. The same thing that wreaked havoc around the world.
Campbell appears to be in good shape, however, and will be looking to bounce back with a win following a defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko in August 2019.
Garcia is a fighter that I have been following for years now. A super quick, powerful, and skillful lightweight, I am not alone in seeing what he can bring to the ring against a gut as good as Campbell.
This is a major step up for Garcia, but one that Golden Boy Promotions believes he can pass. If he does pass the test, of course, he could land himself a shot at WBC lightweight king Devin Haney. A fighter that he lost to in a 2014 USA Boxing National Junior Championship bout.
As much as the prospect of that fight is intriguing, “The Flash” must first get past a certain Brit. Can he do it? Or is he undercooked? Will Garcia beat Campbell, or should you bet your house on Campbell beating Garcia?
Garcia vs. Campbell Odds
Ryan Garcia to Win-225
Luke Campbell to Win+170
You can bet on this fight already, with Garcia’s odds to beat Campbell coming in at -225 with the top online betting sites.
There is a lot of hype behind the youngster, who is expected to go on and do big things in the game.
Campbell, who won an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, comes in as a +170 dog. Can the Brit put Garcia in his place, or is he facing another tough test in the squared circle?
Well, in order to answer that, you should ask yourself if Garcia can beat Campbell. Can he? I mean, is he a legitimate threat?
Is Ryan Garcia Legit?
Is Garcia the next Oscar De La Hoya, or just a hype job that is being pushed into a fight that he is not quite ready for?
Is he an Instagram champ or the real deal? Will we see the derailing of a hype train in December or the birth of a superstar?
Well, the answers to all of the questions above will be clear when the final bell rings in his fight with Campbell. Only then will we have a better understanding of what the 22-year-old is capable of. But still, I must admit that it looks like a risk to me.
Garcia has a record of 20-0 with 17 KOs. Which looks impressive. But as I mentioned in a piece I wrote last year about how to bet on boxing, taking these records at face value is a dangerous game when wagering on the fights.
Put simply, Ryan Garcia has never fought anyone close to the caliber of Luke Campbell before. Sure, he’s entering this fight with the same confidence that Teofimo Lopez showed before beating Vasyl Lomachenko recently. But I’m not sure he’s going to get a similar result.
Garcia is real, but I think it might be a little too early for him.
Who is Luke Campbell?
It’s a great question that I am sure many folks will be asking in the weeks leading up to this fight.
Sure, most boxing heads will know Campbell as one of the elite lightweights on the planet. But his notoriety among boxing casuals and those who follow Garcia for his numerous training videos posted to the likes of Instagram and YouTube will more than likely be little.
But Campbell, a quiet and professional boxer that prefers to do his talking inside the ropes, is no joke. He has three professional losses, sure, but two have been split decisions. One came against Vasyl Lomachenko, a guy we were talking about as one of the all-time greats just a few weeks ago.
Campbell has proven his stock at world level, while there are still suspicions over Garcia’s ability to hang with the top guys at 135.
The American promised to “put the final nail in the coffin” of Campbell’s career in October, which is one serious statement of intent. You have to like his confidence.
Still, Campbell’s odds to beat Garcia are very tempting. I’ll tell you that for nothing.
Will Campbell Beat Garcia?
Well, we will find that out when these two have had a chance to lace ’em up and settle their differences the old fashioned way.
Of course, any Garcia vs. Campbell predictions I’ll be making will be reserved for a betting preview. I’m going to wait a little closer to the fight before I give my thoughts on the best Garcia vs. Campbell bets to target, what to look out for, and, of course, my prediction for the fight.
I’ll be posting that to our picks section on December 4, so make sure to check it out then. But if you can’t wait until then, I’d recommend checking out the latest odds, picks, and predictions for other major fights coming up.
I’m particularly stoked for a few fights on the radar, which I am sure you are, too. I’ll leave you with some content that you can use to learn more about those bouts below.
And perhaps you can let me know, further down in the comments section, about the scraps that you’re counting the hours to. Deal? Cool.